Divisions in the Church
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:4
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— (ESV)
There is no question that the church tends to be divided over many different issues— some are important, but many are centered more around preferences than essential doctrines. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches in this sermon from Ephesians 4:4 about divisions in the church and how a right perspective on our nature and on the Holy Spirit brings unity to believers and the church. The Holy Spirit not only prepares people to become Christians, but He makes us Christians as well and puts the seal of God on those who believe in Him. Realizing this hope of our calling provides something for believers to unite around. Another type of division that is common within the church regards the natures of people’s conversions and the depth of sin they were saved out of. Many believers feel that the depth of their relationship with the Lord is related to the intensity of their salvation experience. However, The Doctor explains why this is not only unbiblical, but also a hindrance to community within the church. He says, “We must not dwell on what we've been called from, but we must dwell on what we've been called to.” By focusing on our equally sinful condition before the Lord, our complete dependency on Him, and on the hope of our calling as Christians, we can avoid these dissensions that so easily tear the Christian body apart.